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DH Colloquium 4 June: Eleonora Maria Mazzoli and Willemien Sanders (Utrecht University)

At the next Digital Humanities colloquium, we will have two presenters Willemien Sanders (Utrecht University) on developing a tool for online publication of audiovisual research, and Eleonora Maria Mazzoli (Utrecht University) on the online audiovisual essay as a scholarly publication form.

Date: Thursday 4 June, 15.30-17.00
Place: Janskerkhof 13 (room 0.06), Utrecht


The Online Audiovisual Essay: Uses and Practices of a Transformative Scholarly Form

Eleonora Maria Mazzoli (Utrecht University)

With the increasing availability of digital archives and online tools to disseminate audiovisual materials, new modes of doing research and of scholarly publishing have emerged. The academic audiovisual essay is one of them. This study suggests a critical framing of the uses and practices of online audiovisual essays in the Digital Media Studies field, with a focus on media and cultural studies. The aim is to reflect on the questions and challenges media scholars face when confronted with such a transformative scholarly form that is characterized by an intrinsic tension between digital media, visual art and academic research. The theoretical framework presented is grounded in the analysis of best practices of audiovisual essays. The purpose is to give insights into the use of audiovisual essays as contextualization of audiovisual sources within the field of Digital Media Studies.

Eleonora Maria Mazzoli (e.m.mazzoli@students.uu.nl) is a research master student at Utrecht University where she is attending her second year of the RMA in Media and Performance Studies, integrating the program with elective courses from the Media Studies Master at the Amsterdam University. Eleonora graduated cum laude at Luigi Bocconi University (Milan) obtaining her bachelor degree in Economics and Management for Arts, Culture and Communication. Thus, she has an interdisciplinary academic background which combines media studies with political economy. Her current research interests concern the reworking of the television and its power interplay in the digital and internet era, with a particular focus on the burgeoning phenomenon of cord-cutting.


Tell and Show: Developing a Tool for Online Publication of AV Research

Willemien Sanders (Utrecht University)

Increasing amounts of collections of audio-visual materials are available online, inviting new ways of access and research. One example is euscreen.eu, the portal that aggregates archival materials from a range of European public broadcasters, most notably video materials, and makes them freely available.
This paper discusses the development of an extended tool for online publications, which facilitates a range of uses regarding academic research and audio-visual materials: The EUscreenXL Publication Builder. It is developed for researchers, content providers, and the general audience to contextualize the content on the portal euscreen.eu in various ways. We discuss how we took stock of the needs of various user groups, how we translated this into various functionalities, and how we assembled these into a single Publication Builder. We will specifically focus on how the tool facilitates various forms of academic output, ranging from more traditional written arguments to essay videos. We distinguish between narratives that aim to explore, share knowledge, offer an experience, or conclude by presenting a convincing argument. The Publication Builder will provide a means to integrate (audio-visual) research materials in a number of ways in online publications. We argue that a tool like this provides a contemporary way to both contextualize the content on the EUscreen portal and to publish research about audio-visual content. Therefore, such publications should be regarded as proper academic output.

Willemien Sanders is an assistant professor at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) and the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is involved in EUscreenXL, where she develops new ways of contextualizing audio-visual content and publishing with audio-visual material. For SiFTI she investigates production cultures in successful private film and television production companies in the Netherlands. She teaches production studies at both BA and MA level. 


The Digital Humanities colloquia are organized by the digital humanities research projects Translantis – Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures: The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990 (www.translantis.nl) and Asymmetrical Encounters: Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815–1992 (www.asymenc.eu).